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Former coach arrested for alleged sexually explicit comments to teen

Tony Giles, a former elite girls’ basketball coach and a Level 3 sex offender, was ordered held on $300,000 bail Friday following his arrest Thursday on allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a 16-year-old girl in an Issaquah parking lot.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Tony Giles, a former elite girls’ basketball coach and a Level 3 sex offender, was ordered held on $300,000 bail Friday following his arrest on allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a 16-year-old girl in an Issaquah parking lot.

King County District Court Judge Mark Chow found probable cause to hold Giles, 56, of Renton, on investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes for the Aug. 27 incident outside the Issaquah Target store. The deadline to file charges is Tuesday.

While the crime is usually a gross misdemeanor, it is a Class C felony charge for anyone previously convicted of a felony sex crime.

Giles’ criminal history includes convictions for first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and felony indecent exposure, court records show.

Giles was profiled in The Seattle Times’ series “Coaches Who Prey,” published in December 2003, about coaches who sexually abused female athletes. He was described as a “man obsessed with teenage girls,” and the sexual-misconduct charge involved girls he coached through his private company, Players Only.

He most recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in December 2010 to aggravated identity theft and Social Security fraud for stealing the identity of an infant who died of pneumonia in 1960, court records say. He used the child’s name to receive a Social Security card and state Department Social and Health Services benefits and to avoid disclosure of his sex-offender status, the records say.

Sentenced to just over 2½ years in federal prison, Giles was released from custody in June 2012, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website.

On Friday, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Steven Kim told Chow that Giles is in the midst of serving three years of federal probation.

Giles waived his presence in court, and public defense attorney Brian Flaherty argued that making sexual comments to a 16-year-old was not immoral because 16 is the age of consent in Washington. (According to statute, a 16-year-old can consent to sex only with someone who is not more than five years older than he or she is.)

Kim fired back that state law makes it clear a minor is anyone under age 18.

“What Mr. Giles said to that particular victim, I don’t know how much more immoral you can get, to say something like that to a 16-year-old,” Kim said.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him, Giles dropped his girlfriend off at an appointment in Issaquah and lingered in the area around a Safeway grocery and Target store in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard on Aug. 27.

At least three different people called 911 to report that a man was taking photographs of women in the parking lot, making derogatory remarks to them about their breasts and buttocks, then commenting that he wanted to “engage with them in some sexual manner,” the statement says.

He approached one woman who was with her 12-year-old son, who followed Giles’ pickup so her son could record his license-plate number, according to the statement. That woman later identified Giles from a photo montage, it says.

Giles is also accused of approaching a 16-year-old girl in the Target parking lot, where he made graphic sexual remarks to her, the statement says. The girl, who later told police she was scared and felt violated, ran to her parents, and her mother was also able to record the pickup’s license-plate number, it says.

An Issaquah police detective assigned the case also got a warrant for Giles’ phone records in an effort to compile additional evidence placing Giles at the scene, the statement says.

Giles was arrested Thursday in Renton.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

News researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.

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